Like Brigadoon of yore, each year at the Indiana State Fair a magical thing happens. A wagon wheel shop appears on the fair grounds and for the next two weeks wheels of all sorts are repaired, mended, re-tyred and fixed. We come from Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana to practice and learn this craft. I have been involved with this group for over 10 years and each August I trek to Indianapolis.
The Purdue agricultural alumni association sponsors and supports a museum on the state fair grounds. During the fair the museum becomes a living history show with a late 1800 – early 1900 theme. Musicians, wood carvers, quilters, blacksmiths and tractor collectors converge and share their interests. Did I mention they have wheelwrights there too.